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Frisell Announces Resignation as Roughrider Football Coach

April 15, 2005

Port Angeles, Wash.--Port Angeles High School Head Football Coach Dave Frisell has accepted the position of Head Football Coach at Kennedy Bloomington High School in Bloomington, Minnesota.  Kennedy, a 5-A High School, is 1 of 2 high schools in Bloomington, and has a 9 – 12 enrollment of approximately 1750 students.   Prior to his arrival in Port Angeles, Frisell was the Head Football Coach at Willow Canyon High School in Surprise, Arizona, after having served for 10 years as the Head Coach at Saint Francis High School, in Saint Francis, Minnesota. Port Angeles School District Athletic Director Scott Brodhun said, “While we hate to lose an outstanding football coach and teacher, we congratulate Dave on his new assignment.  We also extend our thanks to Dave and his family for the contribution they have made while a part of our community.”

“We have thoroughly enjoyed our time in Port Angeles. My family and I have been fortunate to feel so welcome in this community and that made this decision a very tough one to make.  We regret that we were only able to be here for a year, but we will remember fondly the many friends that we have made, and especially the kids that I have been privileged to coach. If not for the uncertainty of the levy, and with that, the uncertainty of my teaching position, we certainly would not have sought another coaching job. I know Scott will search high and low to find an excellent coach, who will be good for our student/athletes.  I can only hope for all of the students in Port Angeles, that the levy passes in May and all of the outstanding programs that are offered here will be kept”, said Frisell.

Athletic Director Brodhun compliments Coach Frisell, “As a man of integrity and character, who works very hard and who cares deeply about kids. It will be difficult to replace Dave Frisell. I will miss him, and I know I speak for many kids who will also miss him.”  Of the events leading to Frisell taking the new assignment, Brodhun said,  “It is difficult to express the frustrating position that I find myself in.  I completely understand the need for Dave to assure himself of a job next year, and I wish I could provide that assurance.  I only hope that we don’t lose additional teachers and coaches as a result of our levy situation.  Equally frustrating is the difficulties of a search before knowing we will have a program.  Not only does that place us in a difficult position in terms of timing, it is not a message that I am anxious to deliver to teaching and coaching candidates”.  Brodhun indicated that the search for a replacement may not begin until the fate of the levy is known.

While he has expressed mixed emotions with respect to leaving, Frisell is excited by the facilities offered at his new school.  “There is a new, 70,000 square ft. athletic center that provides areas for team practice, as well as areas for use by the community.  The facility also includes an indoor walking track, new locker facilities and there is 5,400 square feet of space dedicated to weight training, which is especially critical to athletic and football program development”, said Frisell.

Frisell, and his wife Kim have 3 children.  They will relocate to Bloomington in mid June.

Contact:

Scott J. Brodhun
School District Director of Athletics & Facilities
Phone: 457-0949 Fax: 452-0267
Email: scott_brodhun@pasd.wednet.edu


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